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You're not a space marine, not yet... Just last week, you received a message via secret channels that you were to report to the "Axe" chapter of marines ASAP for inprocessing. You're blood was pounding.

As an initiation, you're fellow marines decided to initiate you by sending you to an abondoned castle back on Earth. All you had to do was survive the night while they hunted you down like an animal...

Or so everyone thought. Unknown to you or your comrades, the abandoned castle was actually a hiding place for the leftover demons from "The Cleansing" (the historic name for the events that happened in Doom2). You found yourself fighting for your life from the start, and as you made your way through the castle, you eventually came across the bodies of you campanions, or what was left of them after the hell knights where finished.

Make your way through the "Entryway" and destroy all the evil you may find within. Sure you could run back to base and get reinforcements, but then you just couldn't live with yourself as a real, hard-core space marine....

The level is meant to look like one single building. You might just notice the attention to detail I tried to take into account when creating the level. The outside of the building and anything else that might be exposed to weather has a stone, brick, or bronze texture. BUT, close inspections of the brick textures will show that those openly exposed to the outside are beaten and falling apart, while those inside the building still look new.

Nothing much, but I though it was kind of clever :)

Also, look how the outside walls above the red key are lower than the cage sections. Again, nothing much but I thought that was clever too.

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fairly professional for 1995! exit is very sudden, I don't mark stuff down for being "too easy" and enjoyed it a lot.

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This was the first and last level in the UNHOLY series; judging by the readme, and that of id=2962, the author went off to be an officer in the US Army. It's a shame because the map is a promising start, and would have been a solid opener if it was harder. It's entertaining but unmemorable and much too easy. There's a mish-mash of styles, it's a techbase medival slime factory. The design polished for 1995, with shadows etc. Mostly weak monsters until the end.

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    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - Crispy Doom 5.3.
      - Ultra-Violence
      - Continuous combined with pistol start mindset.
      - No saves, mostly.
      Very decent tribute to the original game. Each map is essentially a remix of the ID's levels, built around the same theme and music tracks per episode, albeit with the author's personal changes to the design. Aesthetically, the only notorious difference, and by no means less important, is the texturing he decided to use in some sections. In general the maps look extra polished, there were no signs of misaligned textures, but I wasn't that attentive to be honest. He did left the most distinctive visual features of each map untouched, for example where it's supposed to be a dark secret dungeon, it is a dark secret dungeon, just not copy-pasted.    As said before, Wonderful Doom is just a revamped Ultimate Doom. If you know the game by heart, there may be little room for surprises, so you can take it as a memory test. Of course, the author added his own touch to the gameplay. I would underline the size of the rooms in comparison to the iwad, tending to be more compact though in no way less attractive. In consequence, they lead to a bit more claustrophobic combat, specially throughout the latter episodes, sometimes you'll find yourself in a hairy situation like a slow drop in a cluster of imps and barons coming from the shadows, or starting surrounded of pinkies and barrels to detonate using your ol' peashooter. Another thing is the resource balance, sometimes giving more leeway where there wasn't originally, other times less obvious for the pistol starter. This is part of several plot twists Wraith added here and there to the main concepts to keep it somehow fresh and interesting, but I'm not going to spoil any in particular.    Secret-wise, I guess it's not needless to say almost all of them can be found normally, there is one in E2M9 that can't be triggered due to the teleport line. Otherwise, there are no broken sectors or staircases of secrets (sorry to burst your bubble ;P). There are no disliked maps, and so I'll avoid to pick favourites this time. I also didn't care if most maps were extremely similar to the iwad ones, but that could not be the case for you.   Overall, I won't lie and say this turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable. It's what I expected from an author with such love for plain vanilla Ultimate Doom. Nostalgia fans should give it a go. Well, as long as you wish to "play Original Doom one more time", otherwise if you expect a thing like "Doom the Way ID Did", it might not be wise to download this. My rate is 8/10.
    • By bemused · Posted
      This is clearly the most groundbreaking, exciting release of the decade. Forget your megawads, this is where its at. Wonderful, delightful, sublime, glorious... all words that dont even come close to expressing just how great this wad is.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Another abomination in doom mapping. It's crap even in crap category.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Ugly, rectangular, not enough ammo. In one word: CRAP
    • By Meril · Posted
      Sound replacement is terrible. Sounds are very annoying. Level also is ugly. Only thing I like is sprites replacement. Kicking nazi asses is same as good like demons ones ;)